MacTavish wants better play from Peca

Updated: October 25, 2005, 9:13 PM ET news services

Edmonton Oilers: Craig MacTavish is calling out one of his newest stars.

After a lowly 3-5-1 start, the Edmonton Oilers coach said Michael Peca needs to pick up his game after registering just four points (1-3) in that span.

"He's got to play better," MacTavish told The Edmonton Sun. "The time for him feeling his way in, learning the situation and what we need out of him is over. We need more intensity out of him. We need a better performance out of him, and he knows that."

Peca said he thinks the team is trying to find its comfort level.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the guy to help score goals and set goals up," Peca told the newspaper. "I take as much responsibility in linemate Ales [Hemsky] not having a goal as I take in my only having one goal. In some respects Ales and I are trying to find each other, a comfort level. We're not sure of a lot of things we're doing out there with each other, if we're going the right way for each other.

Detroit Red Wings: Goaltender Chris Osgood (groin injury) returned to the team Monday after a conditioning stint in the American Hockey League.

But even with his return, he is comfortable with playing the backup role to Manny Legace, who has gone 9-1 this season.

"This is the best I've seen Manny play," Osgood told Detroit reporters. "We knew whoever was playing good would play, and that's the way it is. I'll just to have to bide my time and keep ready."

Anaheim Mighty Ducks: The team on Monday placed rookie forward Ryan Getzlaf on injured reserve with a strained left shoulder he sustained in Sunday's game against Phoenix.

"It's frustrating anytime you get injured, especially when you're starting to come together," Getzlaf told The Los Angeles Times. "I was feeing a little more comfortable on the ice and things were going pretty well."

He has one goal and three assists in eight games this season.

New York Rangers: The Rangers signed forward Fedor Fedorov to an NHL contract Tuesday and recalled him from Hartford of the American Hockey League.

The team also reassigned suspended defenseman Dale Purinton to Hartford.

The 24-year-old Fedorov, the brother of Anaheim star Sergei Fedorov, had a goal and four assists in five games for Hartford. The Rangers acquired him from Vancouver in an Oct. 7 deal that sent forward Jozef Balej and a conditional draft pick to the Canucks.

Purinton is serving a 10-game suspension for gouging Boston's Colton Orr in the eye during an exhibition game.

Washington Capitals: The Capitals recalled forward Brooks Laich from Hershey of the AHL on Tuesday and assigned forward Boyd Gordon to the minor league club.

Laich is tied for fifth in the AHL with six goals, and he leads Hershey with 10 points in seven games. He has at least one goal in four of his past five games.

Laich has appeared in a total of five NHL games with the Capitals and Senators.

Gordon played in all nine of the Capitals' games this season without recording a point.

Only two NHL teams have scored fewer goals than Washington's 20.